Queen of Hearts TeaSet

by | Apr 17, 2022

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Introducing, my very FIRST Queen of Hearts (AKA the Red Queen) TeaSet! I enjoyed creating this one SO MUCH!
It doesn’t matter how many teasets I paint….. they are ALWAYS unique and never boring!
I did several things on this one that I haven’t done on the others, so I can’t wait to share it with you below!

You’ll HEART it!

Red, black, and white queen of hearts tea set by Tracey's Fancy with a whimsical, harlequin pattern. Lyiing on greenery and in front of a golden frame.
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Queen of hearts tray that is part of a teaset by Tracey's Fancy. The stencil on the red, black, and white harlequin tray reads "We're all mad here."
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Check out the teaset tutorial video!

As always, if you LOVE watching the process, see this transformation on this week’s YouTube video here:

The traditional Queen of Hearts color palette is red, black, and white. I REALLY wanted to use the Alice in Wonderland transfers from Dixie Belle, but unfortunately, they are in pastels such as baby pink, baby blue, rose, and mint green. SHOCKER, that wouldn’t go great with the red, black, and white aesthetic.

So, I did something radical! I painted the transfer!!!!

Yep! I used the same transfer and just painted it to match my design plan! It worked like a charm and opened up so many new ideas about transfers for me!!! YOU HAVE to try this!

Tracey's Fancy using Dixie Belle paint to transform the Alice in Wonderland transfers from Dixie Belle into a Queen of Hearts Tea set that matches the red, black, and white design better than the original colors.
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Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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I’m a little ahead of myself, so let me start with the pairing and painting of the teaset.

Let’s get it started!

All five pieces: the tray, teapot, sugar, creamer, and spoon…..were stray silver pieces. None of these items belonged together. But that is the beauty of painting them! Once they are painted to be cohesive….no one really notices that they weren’t a set to begin with!

Because of this, I started by priming all five pieces with Slick Stick (by Dixie Belle) This is an absolute necessity because it allows you to paint slick surfaces successfully with lasting durability!

I painted a single coat, let it dry overnight, and then followed with ANOTHER single coat, then let it dry for several hours. Afterward, I painted all the pieces in a single coat of Fluff white as the basecoat.

Tray painted in Dixie Belle fluff that will become a part of theQueen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Tracey's Fancy painting the top of the tea set in Dixie Belle fluff that will be part of theQueen of Hearts Teaset
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Tracey's Fancy painting part of the Queen of Hearts Teaset in Dixie Belle paint's fluff so it can have a base for the rest of the paint.
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First up? The tray! I used the Harlequin Stencil as a pattern to draw out my design.

Tracey's Fancy about to apply the Dixie Belle harlequin stencil to a tray as part of her Queen of Hearts teaset project.
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The tray from the Queen of Hearts teaset with the harlequin pattern that has been traced out by Tracey's Fancy with a Dixie Belle stencil.
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Painting harlequin diamonds Honky Tonk Red with a angled brush - Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Then, I painted the harlequin in Honky Tonk Red and let it dry.

Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Next, I applied the transfer with the “We’re All Mad Here” Alice in Wonderland quote from the Alice 2 transfer.

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There’s still more embellishment to add! So, I painted the outer edge with Caviar trim using the original checked pattern for my black and white check design.

Voila!

Painting Caviar on the trim of the tray - Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Queen of hearts tray that is part of a teaset by Tracey's Fancy. The stencil on the red, black, and white harlequin tray reads "We're all mad here."
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red, black, and white harlequin decorative tray -Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Moving on to the teapot! This may be one of my favorites ever!!!

I used the water wash look that I do on both furniture and walls.

tea pot with water wash look - Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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In fact….. the video of me doing this same technique on a wall went viral years ago and is still extremely popular! I just applied black paint (Caviar) over the already painted Fluff and used my spray bottle to manipulate the paint, allowing it to run and drip over the teapot’s surface. This organically makes gray and charcoal colors over the Fluff….and gives it a very aged look.

After I finished applying this technique, I painted the handle red…. and striped the spout in Red and Fluff.

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Once dry, I then applied the transfer of the Queen of Hearts. I rubbed it on, burnished it, and painted it in the colors I wanted!

Dixie Belle Alice in Wonderland inspired transfer held up against a teapot that is going to be part of the Queen of Hearts Teaset created by Tracey's Fancy. The colors are more pastel than the red, black, and white behind them.
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Tracey's Fancy using Dixie Belle paint to transform the Alice in Wonderland transfers from Dixie Belle into a Queen of Hearts Tea set that matches the red, black, and white design better than the original colors.
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Tea pot with the Dixie Belle Alice transfer and a white washed background -Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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I think she looks amazing in these colors and I know I’ll do this many more times!!!!

Red, black, and white bird top of the Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Hand drawing and painting the hearts on the Red, black, and white bird top of the Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Can we please take note of the blackbird on the top of the lid??? Isn’t it cute?! I added the red hearts freehand!

The creamer and sugar bowl were fun to create as well. I just freely drew stripes and squares and didn’t overthink it too much! I added a transfer crown (painting it to change the colors), hand-drew a heart, and even added red, black, and white to the spoon handle!

The final step is top coating these pieces. I chose Top Coat Satin and applied it in two thin layers.

Your transfers MUST be top-coated because this will allow them to last!

These teasets are meant for decor only but can handle light use. I would NOT wash or immerse in water. Just wipe down with a damp cloth to clean.

Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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Queen of Hearts Teaset - Tracey's Fancy
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I hope you love this Queen of Hearts TeaSet as much as I do!

I can’t wait to show my client!

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